Graduate Commons Program at International House

Explore the 200+ Programs, Fellowships, and Internships for Graduate Students at I-House

At International House, UChicago graduate and professional school students and scholars can find many opportunities to become involved in a dynamic and diverse community. The Graduate Commons Program at International House features over 200 programs for UChicago Graduate Students; such as:

  • 55 Graduate Fellowships: International House Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship Program has awarded 50+ awards to UChicago graduate students to help ensure the diversity of the graduate community connected to International House. More information here.
  • 10 Internships: 10 GRAD Global Impact Internships were awarded to UChicago graduate students to arrange activities through the Graduate Commons Program. GRAD Global Impact Interns will help build relationships among graduate students and postdocs and plan and implement many of the popular on-going educational, cultural, and recreational House programs for graduate and professional school students. More information here.
  • $10,000: Amount awarded from the Davis Projects for Peace grant to I-House graduate fellow to design and implement their own grassroots projects anywhere in the world with the goal of promoting world peace. For more information on the Summer 2019 program visit
  • 9 Language Tables: Language Tables have been part of the International House’s long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These informal weekly one-hour gatherings allow interested University of Chicago students and scholars, native and non-native speakers, to meet to speak in a foreign language to develop language skills and to promote cultural enrichment through conversation. Nine different languages are represented during the fall quarter; the full weekly schedule for which can be found here. New language tables are always welcome. Contact International House if you would like to start a language table.
  • 4 Day Thanksgiving Homestay Program: Thanksgiving is America’s oldest tradition with rich significance and a time when families gather together to celebrate. You are invited to become part of an American family for the holiday as a guest in one of the five participating Illinois communities: Geneseo, Morrison, Paris, Prophetstown, and Sterling-Rock Falls. The application deadline for this program is tomorrow, November 2. Details of how to apply can be found here.
  • 100+ Global Voices Lecture and Performing Art Series hosts prominent speakers, round-table discussion groups, and special interest conferences and seminars as well as performing arts programs. As a part of this program, leading figures from the world stage come to share their thoughts and exchange ideas with students and members of Chicago’s civic community on major issues facing the country and the world. The 2018-19 schedule of events can be found here.
  • And, 100+ Social Activities held annually including dance classes, the Reimaginations discussion group, Show Me Chicago trips and tours, movie nights, game nights, study breaks, watch parties, and grad mixers. Additional special programs are held during the winter break and university holidays ensuring a supportive community throughout the year.

Updates and Scheduling details about I-House upcoming programming can be found on their Facebook group for graduate students:

You can also sign up to the I-House Grad Life listserv at:

DAB: Targeted Programs and Resources related to Diversity

Get to know the UChicagoGRAD Diversity Action Board and their goals

The UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) advises UChicagoGRAD and other graduate-serving units in its continuing efforts to develop targeted programs and resources related to diversity in graduate education and experience. It also serves as a liaison between and among campus-wide graduate student groups and leadership and as a convener of these constituents. The GRAD Diversity Advisory Board comprises graduate student representatives from academic divisions and the professional schools whose students regularly utilize UChicagoGRAD resources. Currently, board membership reflects students who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in higher education.

This year, DAB plans to conduct a Graduate Student Forum during winter quarter, where graduate students of color will be able to voice their opinions on current support programming related to graduate student career and professional development. In particular, DAB will focus on the needs of doctoral students who identify as members of racial/ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the professoriate. During the Winter and Spring Quarters, DAB will compile and communicate results in a report to students and staff.

DAB Members:

  • Emma Aggor (Booth)
  • Vidal Anguiano Jr. (Harris)
  • Selina Baeza-Loya (BSD)
  • Andrea Bryant (PSD)
  • Evelyn Campbell (BSD)
  • Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez (SSD)
  • Sophia Carryl (BSD)
  • David Harris (Humanities)
  • Marion Malcome (SSA)
  • Bronwyn Nichols (SSD)
  • Victoria Okunye (Pritzker)
  • Foster Pinkney (Divinity)
  • LaTerricka Smith (SSD)
  • Nova Smith (Humanities)
  • Arielle Yoon (Law School)

Contact DAB:


Payment and Tax Information

Learn about your Graduate student-dedicated Shared Services Team

Who we are: In close collaboration with UChicagoGRAD, deans of students, ITS and Enrollment and Student Services, Shared Services has identified a point person to serve as a liaison at UChicago regarding student research, teaching, and employment positions. The student liaison leads a collaborative team of HR and administrators who work to surface concerns and address them in order to improve the student experience as it relates to funding and payment issues as well as develop clearer administrative processes and policies governing student funding and employment payments. We know there is room for improvement in these critical areas to the graduate student experience especially, and we invite you to reach out should you have any issues that we can work with you to help rectify.

What we do: This team has spent the last 18 months working with divisional administrators and students on improving administrative practices, standardizing procedures and learning how to better communicate with students. Based on feedback from students, we have been able to improve in the following aspects:

  • Taxes: In working closely with the Bursar’s Office, we have created a tax website that provides students with a comprehensive guide to tax information at UChicago. This, in addition to quarterly tax deposit reminders and increased tax workshops, students are better informed about how to take responsibility for their personal tax obligations.
  • Pedagogical and Research Training: We have worked with each division to standardize payment schedules related to Teaching and Research Assistants to provide equal payments throughout a quarter. We are also working to communicate the payment schedule to students in these positions at the beginning of each quarter.
  • Biweekly Employment: Beginning July 1, 2018, Workday IT transitioned time keeping from our legacy system to Workday. We have worked closely with the Workday IT to communicate and train students on the changes to clocking time for non-exempt positions.
  • Record Clean Up: We have created a central process to monitor and end expired positions in Workday. This allows for accurate hours to be recorded for a student and present an accurate training and employment record in Workday.

Types of Problems we Handle (Students should reach out to us for…)

  • Scholarship/Fellowship payments
  • Late payments of any kind (did not receive payment when expected)
  • Payment discrepancies
  • Workday issues (logging in, onboarding, direct deposit set up, reviewing record)
  • Tax withholding inquiries (Federal, State, OASDI, Medicare)
  • Tax reporting questions (Tax Return process, Estimated Tax Payments)
  • Foreign Training and Employment paperwork

How to reach us:


Free drop-in childcare for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Parents

UChicagoGRAD and the Family Resource Center are offering free drop-in childcare opportunities for graduate student parents this quarter beginning Saturday, October 6th, and continuing for the remainder of fall quarter. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will have 3 morning child care slots available and on Saturdays we will have 6 morning child care slots available for three hours at a time while you work on academic writing in the same building: 950 E. 61st Street. The minimum age for childcare is 6 months. Please consider your child’s comfort with separation before signing up for child care. Students may sign up for up to 4 three hours slots (one time slot per child) fall quarter.

You may sign up for childcare space here. Feel free to drop-in during write-in hours to take advantage of vacancies if you wish.

Please email Lizanne Phalen at if you have questions.

GRADFair 2018

What is GRADFair?
Many career fairs emphasize undergraduate hiring. GRADFair is UChicago’s graduate student and postdoctoral-specific recruiter fair. Students and postdocs have the opportunity to meet with representatives from diverse hiring organizations in industry, nonprofits, and government, interested specifically in the advanced training that graduate students and postdocs receive at the University of Chicago. Attendees have the option to share their résumé with recruiters before the event. Across disciplines — from anthropology to economics, and from English to Chemistry — this is a chance to learn how organizations value the skills that graduate students and postdocs have, and to develop relationships with diverse hiring managers. Register here
When and where is GRADFair?
GRADFair will take place on Thursday, October 18 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St.).
Do I need to RSVP? And what is the deal with the résumé books?  
Yes. When you RSVP (as a “job seeker”) before 10/11, you may opt to have your résumé included in a book that is provided to employers before the fair. If you RSVP after this time, you will still have the option to make your résumé available online to employers, but it will not be included in the official book. Nametags will also be provided to all registrants at the check-in table.
How can I prepare for GRADFair?
UChicagoGRAD hosts several preparatory programs in advance of GRADFair. RSVP for the event “Prepping for GRADFair” on Friday, October 12 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM (Events>GRAD Events) where you can learn more about GRADFair and ask questions. It is recommended  that students and postdocs conduct research on hiring organizations before attending (including doing some digging on LinkedIn to find UChicago graduate alumni!).
Who is GRADFair For?
Hiring organizations are interested in doctoral students, master’s students, and postdocs from across disciplines. The UChicagoGRAD team invites a wide array of employers: from consultants to museums, and from trading firms to K-12 charter schools. Part of the purpose of the day is to demonstrate the diversity of places graduate students and postdocs can take the flexible training that they receive in the course of their training. All are welcome to participate in the evolving conversation about the value and purpose of graduate degrees.
What employers are participating?
In addition to the employers listed below, you can see more info about each employer in GRAD Gargoyle (view event as a “job seeker”) including disciplines and degree levels they are recruiting.
Allstate Insurance Company
American Enterprise Institute
American Institutes for Research
Argonne National Lab
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Health Intelligence
Bronner Group, LLC
Capital One
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Center for Research Libraries
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
China Telecom Americas
Complete HealthVizion | McCann Complete Medical, Inc.
CVS Health
Digital Factory
Discover Financial Services
Ernst & Young
Great Hearts Acadamies
Hudson Legal PC
Institute for Defense Analyses
Mathematica Policy Research
Noble Network of Charter Schools
Options Clearing Corporation
Oracle Data Cloud
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Procter & Gamble
SBB Research Group
SIU School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy
Solving IT
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
The Art Institute of Chicago
U.S. Department of State
UChicago Medicine
University Community Service Center (UCSC)
University of Chicago Library
West Monroe Partners
Zurich North America
What should attendees wear?
UChicagoGRAD recommends that student and postdoctoral attendees dress in business professional attire. This means suits for men and women. Of course, it’s equally important for attendees to feel comfortable in the clothes that they’re wearing, and no one should feel that they cannot attend in business casual or casual attire.
Will employers hire me at GRADFair?
GRADFair is a chance to start conversations with employers, including HR profesionals, alumni, executives, and others. Attendees will very likely not walk out of the event with a job. But this is an opportunity for students and postdocs to make connections that will be valuable to them as they explore concrete career tracks in the near future.
How long should I spend at GRADFair?
In past years, attendees were able to talk to a handful of interesting employers and feel comfortable departing after about 60 minutes. The conference gets quite busy. It’s better to be efficient, arrive early, and target several employers for substantive conversations. Don’t expect to spend three hours and talk to everyone in the room for 30 seconds.
Should I bring résumés?
Yes. It is recommended that all attendees bring at least 5 copies of their résumé. Remember, though, that some employers won’t be accepting resumes on site. They will be provided with a resume book in advance of the event, and have had a chance to take a look at materials from interested candidates.
Should I follow up with questions?
Yes. Collect employer business cards, and be sure to send thank you notes after the event. A short email that recalls something specific from your conversations can be very useful.
I’m anxious. What do I do?
It’s natural to be anxious in this kind of setting. The best thing to do is to attend with a friend and network together. The stakes can feel high at this kind of event, but it’s important to keep an even perspective about the potential outcomes. This is not a final opportunity to talk to employers. This is, in fact, a great first opportunity. Keep an open mind and a clear set of reasonable expectations. These are important keys to feeling good at the end of GRADFair.
I have more questions.
Additional questions about attending GRADFair can be sent to Deborah Blumenthal, Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Experiential Education at UChicagoGRAD.